By Damilola Adeyemo
ABUJA – The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, has said Nigerians do not have the right to assess the new service chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement, Adesina said “You and I would not be able to assess them because we are civilians. To use the word of the military, we are bloody civilians. We would not know. So, we are not in a position to assess these service chiefs and why they were appointed.”
“The style of the president is to call for service records. He would scrutinize many and then he can make up his mind on who is best suited (for the job). Don’t forget that other people like the minister of defense and another retired general he would consult and those who know. And he has come up with choices that he thinks are best for Nigerians at this time.”
“There are certain appointments that are subject to federal character. For instance, the constitution says there must be a minister from each state of the country but there are certain appointments that are also not subject to federal character and one is in the security.
“They (service chiefs) are not subject to federal character, it is about competence and ability to deliver. So, the president would appoint whoever he thinks would deliver and to the best level for the country.
“Appointments that are subject to federal character would be done accordingly and those that are subject to the prerogative of the president, he would do it according to his prerogative.”
According to PUNCH, the President’s spokesman said his boss did a thorough job in coming up with the four newly appointed commanders.
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